If you have recently suffered a personal injury, you know how scary and overwhelming it can feel. The physical effects can be very unpleasant to deal with. To make matters worse, if you are like most of us, navigating the legal system and knowing what to expect from your personal injury case can be very confusing!
Call the police as soon as there has been an accident. This should be done even if the other party tries to convince you that it is not necessary. Getting law enforcement involved will help you a lot when it is time to prove that an accident has actually occurred.
Personal injury lawyers tend to specialize in a number of different fields. For example, one may solely take on medical malpractice cases, whereas another may be proficient in automotive accidents. Don’t assume that all personal injury lawyers are the same and be sure to make inquiries about any lawyer you have under consideration.
The only people you should discuss a personal injury case with are your insurance agent, your spouse and your attorney. If an insurance adjuster calls you to record a statement about how the accident occurred, give them the number of your attorney and tell them that this is who should be called if they have any additional questions.
When you are considering whether to hire a particular personal injury lawyer, make sure you ask questions about their previous case history. How many wins and losses have they had? If they have a history of only obtaining small settlements, or losing a lot of cases, then they probably are not the lawyer for you.
If you think your case is a slam dunk win, you are likely to be able to find a lawyer who will work on a conditional contract. These contracts state that you only pay the lawyer’s fee if they win the case for you. While you’ll end up paying more, this ensures you’re not out if you lose.
It is important that you keep good documentation if you have been involved in an accident. Most personal injury lawsuits take time; therefore, it is important that you write down the name, date and time of the accident, what happened and any communication you have had with the insurance agency.
Hiring a specialized attorney for a personal injury case is something you may already have thought of, but it’s important to find someone even more specialized. For example, if you were in a car accident, find a lawyer who deals specifically with car accidents. Do the same for workplace injuries or residential accidents.
If the claims adjuster seems to be trying to get you to make a quick settlement, and you are uncomfortable with that, it may be time to hire a personal injury attorney. Getting something over with quickly usually isn’t the best route to take. In fact, doing so usually means that you won’t get a fair settlement.
Find out about a prospective personal injury lawyer’s experience. You need to ask any lawyers you’re considering some questions about their experience just like you’re interviewing them. You should find out how long they’ve been practicing, how many of their cases were personal injury cases, if they usually represent defendants or plaintiffs, and if they’ll handle your case personally or hand it off to another lawyer in their firm.
Just because you saw a lawyer advertised on TV does not mean he is your best option. Pomp and pageantry doesn’t go far in court, so research all of your options and choose the one who wins the most for their clients, both in cases won and monetary damages awarded.
Be completely honest with your lawyer and find a new lawyer if yours suggests dishonest tactics to win your case. You should also report them to the local bar association. Lying to a judge carries with it very severe penalties and can guarantee that you do not win your case.
Suffering a personal injury is never a pleasant experience. While you cannot change what has happened to you, you nevertheless can educate yourself on the important facts about personal injury law to make your legal experience as tolerable and seamless as possible. You have been through enough already, after all!